Hugh Smith is from London. His academic background is in Anthropology, Comparative Literary Studies and – currently – Applied Linguistics, at Birmingham University. Since 2012, he has been abroad, working in the education sector in a number of countries, including Kazakhstan, where he worked as a teacher of general English at the Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Chemistry and Biology in Petropavlovsk. Since 2017, he has been working in EAP (English for Academic Purposes), initially as a pre-sessional tutor at Nottingham University, and now at Nazarbayev University, as an EAP Teaching Fellow at CPS. His current academic interests include the role of critical thinking in EAP, a topic on which he led workshops while teaching at Nottingham. He is also passionate about pedagogy more broadly, believing that an inclusive and discursive approach to teaching is essential to fostering an effective and engaging learning environment.
In his spare time, Hugh enjoys studying languages, reading, running, walking and cycling.